July 18, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

Summer watering

When summer weather heats up with no sign of rain, gardeners hook up the water hose to give their thirsty landscapes a drink. It seems like a simple task, but there are some ways to ensure you get the most from your efforts.  More...

Remembering basic training

At the end of World War II, I ended up at Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Tex., for army-type training in the old Army Air Corps.  I was the youngest in my flight of 100 men. More...

State spends thousands to fly over mines

Government inspectors have been keeping a close eye on coal operators through aerial surveillance in central Appalachia, a region that’s been the center of debate over so-called mountaintop removal mining.  More...

Opinions

Black lung scourge must be addressed

Word that the number of new black lung diagnoses has doubled in the last decade underscores the need for the Obama administration to move quickly on new, more stringent federal mine safety regulations limiting the amount of breathable coal dust found More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

A challenge to conservatives

It’s good that conservatives are finally taking seriously the problems of inequality and declining upward mobility. More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

Tell us what’s on your mind. No need to give your name.

Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday.  In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net   More...

Health

Key Alzheimer’s results are coming

We’re about to find out if there will be a way anytime soon to slow the course of Alzheimer’s disease. More...

Pikeville gets top award — again

Named ‘National Hospital of the Year’ for 3rd straight year

Pikeville Medical Center has become the first hospital in the nation to win the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers’ “National Hospital of the Year” honor for a third consecutive year.  More...

Smart Dieting

“Lose 20 pounds in a week!” “Set you metabolism on fire with Metabo-Inferno!” “Lose while you snooze!” These sorts of crazy diet claims are all over the Internet, TV and magazines. More...

Entertainment

Latest ‘Batman’ a letdown

Film review

Christopher Nolan concludes his Batman trilogy in typically spectacular, ambitious fashion with “The Dark Knight Rises,” but the feeling of frustration and disappointment is unshakable.   More...

Three mysteries for summer

Book reviews

“The Last Minute” (Grand Central Publishing), by Jeff Abbott   More...

Coming events

This guide is published by The Mountain Eagle as a public service to help keep readers informed about entertainment events within driving distance of Letcher County. All dates are subject to change. More...

County prosecuting citizens who won’t pay their trash bills

Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward cautioned delinquent garbage customers this week to make arrangements to pay their overdue bills before they are taken to court and face even more costs.  More...

12 sentenced after guilty pleas

Twelve people were sentenced recently by Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright after they pleaded guilty to a variety of felony charges.  They are:  • April Jeneane Smith, 31, of 361 #4 Hill, Jenkins, who pleaded guilty to two counts of thi More...

Grand jury indicts six, hears murder charges

The Letcher County Grand Jury heard testimony last week in connection with the Dradrick “Drad” Fleming homicide, but did not report on whether it has returned indictments against the man and woman accused of murdering him.  More...

News

County lists preferences for severance funding

The Letcher County Fiscal Court this week adopted the following “Coal Severance Project Priority List” for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins next July 1. The recommendations may be changed by the Kentucky General Assembly.  1. More...

Letcher grand jury charges six with having ‘bath salts’

Four Jenkins area residents and two from Pike County have been indicted in Letcher County under Kentucky’s new law banning possession of the stimulant drug known as “bath salts.”  More...

Kids’ Day bash set for July 27 at River Park

The Letcher County Kids’ Day Back to School Bash will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, at River Park in Whitesburg. More...

Columns

Shield cars from the sun, if possible

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

July 19, 1962  More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A turn in a relationship upsets the amorous Arian, who is puzzled by Cupid’s romantic antics. Be patient and considerate. The confusion soon will sort itself out.  More...

Sports

UK’s Wiltjer has GPA to be proud about

From the take-a-victory-lap file, congratulations this week to Kyle Wiltjer.   More...

Struttin’ Time

More evidence of world gone mad

As I sit on my porch watching it rain I am thankful that we finally have some relief from the heat.  We have 31 days until squirrel season opens (August 18) and 48 days until archery season. Please do us all a favor and take some kids hunting. More...

A roadmap to The Chase

This weekend is the last open date on the Sprint Cup schedule before the season concludes with 17 consecutive weekends of racing. More...

Families & Friends

Sisters gather for lunch at the grill

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.  Has everyone been getting rain? I hope so. More...

YOUNG EQUESTRIAN

— Jaida Hopkins, 14, participated in the 4-H State Equestrian Championship in Shelbyville, Tenn., on June 7-9. More...

Visiting family

Corina Bates and her daughter from Ohio visited her sister Evalee, who lives in Hazard, June 11 for four days and it was special because Betty had not seen her aunt and uncle for 42 years.  We came home with strawberry jam and blackberries from More...

Obituaries

Rites held for Dradrick Fleming

Memorial services for Dradrick Lance Fleming, 34, of Millstone, were held July 14 at Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. He died June 20 at Eolia.  He was a son of Cathy Slone Bentley of Millstone and the late Ricky Fleming.  More...

Services held for Billy Maggard

Billy ‘Pap’ Maggard, 83, died July 14 in Garret, Ind.  Born in Cumberland to the late Hiram and Mary Davis Maggard, he was the widower of Helen V. More...

Services held for Dixie Harlow

Dixie Williams Harlow died July 13 at her home in Mayking.  Born in Mallet to the late Will and Ethel Sloan Williams, she was the widow of Burnett E. Holbrook, and was later married to Clarence K. Harlow, who also preceded her in death.  More...